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 Last  year  i  was  able  to  breed  3  batches  of  swordtail  fry  and  grow  them.  You  can  keep  both  female  and  male  in  the  community  tank.  When  the  female's  belly  start  bulging  keep  an  eye  on  the  calendar,  most  of  the  time  livebearers  drop  fry  near  full/new  moon  day  so  3-4  days  before  this  date  move  the  female  to  a  wide  plastic  tub,  put  in  few  plant  cuttings  as  hiding  place  for  the  fry.  Within  few  days  you  will  get  fry.  After  the  fry  drop  remove  the  female  to  another  tank  and  let  it  rest  for  few  days  before  putting  it  back  into  the  community  tank.
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Last  year  i  was  able  to  breed  3  batches  of  swordtail  fry  and  grow  them.  You  can  keep  both  female  and  male  in  the  community  tank.  When  the  female's  belly  start  bulging  keep  an  eye  on  the  calendar,  most  of  the  time  livebearers  drop  fry  near  full/new  moon  day  so  3-4  days  before  this  date  move  the  female  to  a  wide  plastic  tub,  put  in  few  plant  cuttings  as  hiding  place  for  the  fry.  Within  few  days  you  will  get  fry.  After  the  fry  drop  remove  the  female  to  another  tank  and  let  it  rest  for  few  days  before  putting  it  back  into  the  community  tank.                

 Moving  a  pregnant  female  always  stresses  her  out.
 Leaving  the  parents  in  community  tank  has  chances  of  cross  breeding  which  I  want  to  avoid.
 Too  much  moving  of  fishes  from  tank  to  tank  always  stresses  them.
 In  my  setup  the  female  will  live  in  the  breeding  tank  for  a  longish  time.  I  think  they  also  store  spem  like  mollies  and  can  give  birth  without  males.  Only  male  will  be  introduced  in  the  tank  for  a  day  or  two  as  suggested  in  ths  thread.  Fry  as  &  when  deducted  will  be  moved  out  in  a  tank  of  their  own,  they  will  remain  there  for  atleest  three  months  before  being  relesed  in  main  tank  or  given  away.
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 How  are  the  lyretails  produced?
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 Hi  Fin  Swordtail(Male)  x  Lyretail  Swordtail(Female)
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 Gee,  my  tank  has  been  up  and  running  just  for  one  month.
 My  sword  gave  birth,  last  nite  I  was  working  late,  when  I  went  home,  I  could  see  free  swimming  fry,  my  tank  has  about  20  other  fishes..  some  fry  went  into  hiding,  I  dont  know,  if  these  will  survive..  Im  not  sure  of  the  number  of  fry,  I  manage  to  put  7  of  them  in  a  bucket  as  of  now...
 I  am  new  to  this,  please  assist.
 I  bought  them  baby  food  with  spirulina  this  morning...
 
 Will  the  rest  of  the  fry  be  eaten  up,  I  see  them  hiding  in  the  gravel..
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Gee,  my  tank  has  been  up  and  running  just  for  one  month.
 My  sword  gave  birth,  last  nite  I  was  working  late,  when  I  went  home,  I  could  see  free  swimming  fry,  my  tank  has  about  20  other  fishes..  some  fry  went  into  hiding,  I  dont  know,  if  these  will  survive..  Im  not  sure  of  the  number  of  fry,  I  manage  to  put  7  of  them  in  a  bucket  as  of  now...
 I  am  new  to  this,  please  assist.
 I  bought  them  baby  food  with  spirulina  this  morning...
 Will  the  rest  of  the  fry  be  eaten  up,  I  see  them  hiding  in  the  gravel..                
 
 
 Try  to  take  out  as  many  fry  as  you  can,  unless  your  tank  is  very  heavily  planted  fry  might  not  survive.
 Put  a  sponge  filter  in  the  bucket,  feed  them  small  amounts  thirce  a  day.  
 You  can  feed  then  powdered  flakes,  powdered  pellets,  spirinula  powder  etc.  
 Feed  very  lightly,  change  some  water  every  2-3  days.
 Whenever  you  trf  fry  use  the  same  water  as  the  main  tank  so  that  they  do  not  get  water  shock.  Thumb Up
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 NO  plants  at  all,  quite  a  lot  of  rocks,  I  see  them  hiding  in  the  gravel,  every  time,  I  go  near  the  gravel  they  try  and  swim  away  and  then  get  eaten  by  the  rest  of  their  mates.
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 Hey  btw,  every  time  the  sword  gives  away  a  fry,  how  to  you  resist  the  mom  from  eaten  its  young?  also,  in  what  kind  of  tanks  usually  do  you  put  pregnant  fishes?  links,  pics  if  any.
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 You  can  use  a  breeder   which  can  go  in  your  main  tank  or  just  a  tub  with  lots  of  bushy  plants.  
 Shifting  the  mom  can  sometimes  get  her  dropping  fry  prematurely  so  should  be  careful  there.
 
 
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 okay,  guys  im  planning  to  go  in  for  plants  now,  I  need  your  assistance.
 I  have  a  UGF  fitted,  I  know  this  wouldnt  work  in  heavily  planted  tanks,  as  we  require  enough  of  laterite  at  the  bottom,  please  suggest  on  what  can  be  done.
 
 What  kind  of  plants  can   be  used,  FYI,  I  have  close  to  4-5inches  of  gravel  in  the  tank,  btw  im  not  happy  with  the  gravel  in  the  tank,  im  not  sure  what  kind  of  gravel,  it  aint  crushed  marble  or  polished  stones,  it  looks  like  tiny  glass  blocks,  what  is  this  thing,  will  it  be  okay  for  my  fish.
 Do  I  need  to  get  rid  of  it,  Sad  20kgs  of  gravel  in  my  30X15X18.
 All  done  by  the  LFS  while  screwing  my  aquarium  at  start.
 
 Pradeep  Wink  Thanks,  IM  going  to  pick  up  a  breeder.
 Sandeep,  Thank  you  as  well  for  the  support.
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 No  UGF,  go  in  for  HangOn  filters.  Judging  by  your  theory  of  polished  stones  plants  wouldn't  so  well.  Remove  it  and  go  in  for  sand  or  regular  gravel  of  2-3  mm  in  size  along  with  some  laterite  at  the  bottom.
 
 BTW,  this  posting  has  no  relevance  to  breeding  swordtails.  You  should  have  posted  this  separately.
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 Ensure  that  the  mother  is  fed  properly  and  she  will  not  eat  fry.
 In  a  community  tank  even  if  fry  are  not  eaten  they  will  die  of  hunger,  which  I  think  is  the  primary  reason  for  fry  not  surviving.
 In  my  pond  outside  I  have  a  mixed  community  of  mollies,  red  tail  shark,  pelco,  loaches.  The  fry  are  reguraly  born  and  survive,  it  is  very  heavily  planted,  and  has  lots  of  things  for  fry  to  eat.
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 I  got  myself  a  tiny  sintex  tank,  cut  it  into  half,  put  the  sword  fry  in  it.
 I  removed  the  current  aeration  from  my  community  tank  and  have  started  aerating  the  tank  for  the  fry.  I  am  currently  feeding  them  with  spirulina  based  flakes.
 
 I  managed  to  get  only  8  fry.  I'm  not  sure  how  much  the  mother  gave  away,
 Everytime  I  try  to  remove  them,  they  go  further  into  the  gravel.
 I  dont  think  I  will  mess  up  the  tank  this  time  around,  but  will  get  it  right  by  putting  the  mother  into  the  breeder  tank  (sintex-open-top)  that  I  just  got,  will  also  ensure  the  mother  is  fed  well.
 
 I  will  re-introduce  the  fry  to  the  community,  one  by  one,  after  8  weeks.
 Hope  All  should  go  well.
 
 btw,  I  went  camping  into  a  place  called  Kallar  in  Trivandrum,  60km  from  the  city..
 Picked  up  three  pieces  of  driftwood  which  had  enough  algae  on  it,  brought  it  home  cleaned  it  up  and  put  em  in  the  tank,  the  fishes  seem  to  enjoy  every  bit  of  it..
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 I  got  myself  a  tiny  sintex  tank,  cut  it  into  half,  put  the  sword  fry  in  it.
 I  removed  the  current  aeration  from  my  community  tank  and  have  started  aerating  the  tank  for  the  fry.  I  am  currently  feeding  them  with  spirulina  based  flakes.
 
 I  managed  to  get  only  8  fry.  I'm  not  sure  how  much  the  mother  gave  away,
 Everytime  I  try  to  remove  them,  they  go  further  into  the  gravel.
 I  dont  think  I  will  mess  up  the  tank  this  time  around,  but  will  get  it  right  by  putting  the  mother  into  the  breeder  tank  (sintex-open-top)  that  I  just  got,  will  also  ensure  the  mother  is  fed  well.
 
 I  will  re-introduce  the  fry  to  the  community,  one  by  one,  after  8  weeks.
 Hope  All  should  go  well.
 
 btw,  I  went  camping  into  a  place  called  Kallar  in  Trivandrum,  60km  from  the  city..
 Picked  up  three  pieces  of  driftwood  which  had  enough  algae  on  it,  brought  it  home  cleaned  it  up  and  put  em  in  the  tank,  the  fishes  seem  to  enjoy  every  bit  of  it..
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 I  got  myself  a  tiny  sintex  tank,  cut  it  into  half,  put  the  sword  fry  in  it.
 I  removed  the  current  aeration  from  my  community  tank  and  have  started  aerating  the  tank  for  the  fry.  I  am  currently  feeding  them  with  spirulina  based  flakes.
 
 I  managed  to  get  only  8  fry.  I'm  not  sure  how  much  the  mother  gave  away,
 Everytime  I  try  to  remove  them,  they  go  further  into  the  gravel.
 I  dont  think  I  will  mess  up  the  tank  this  time  around,  but  will  get  it  right  by  putting  the  mother  into  the  breeder  tank  (sintex-open-top)  that  I  just  got,  will  also  ensure  the  mother  is  fed  well.
 
 I  will  re-introduce  the  fry  to  the  community,  one  by  one,  after  8  weeks.
 Hope  All  should  go  well.
 
 btw,  I  went  camping  into  a  place  called  Kallar  in  Trivandrum,  60km  from  the  city..
 Picked  up  three  pieces  of  driftwood  which  had  enough  algae  on  it,  brought  it  home  cleaned  it  up  and  put  em  in  the  tank,  the  fishes  seem  to  enjoy  every  bit  of  it..
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